Published: 14th September, 2018
Fresh from winning a County Championship Title, Captain Rory Burns has a message for all Surrey Members.
To all Members,
Thank you for all your support throughout my first year as Club Captain and what a summer it has been.
In the end it was at Worcestershire that we sealed our historic Club’s 20th Championship title and our first since 2002 and we couldn’t have done it without you.
Ever since I first represented Surrey as a 10-year-old, I’ve had the dream of being part of a Championship winning team.
To achieve that with such a special group of players in front of so many loyal supporters throughout the year at the Kia Oval is more than I could ever have hoped for.
When I was given the honour of becoming Surrey’s latest captain during the winter, I agreed with Michael Di Venuto and Alec Stewart that it was important to build on the work of Gareth Batty in recent years.
Batts oversaw the Club’s return to Division One and facilitated the introduction of a number of the Surrey Academy graduates that are now a key part of the first-class side. His role in this success cannot be underestimated.
A major difference for us this year however has been how we have turned last year’s draws into wins. That comes from the ability to take 20 wickets in every match.
The bowling attack have been relentless in each and every match and that’s a huge credit to coaches Geoff Arnold and Ryan Sidebottom as well as the men that have made up that group on the field.
We have used 20 players in this year’s Specsavers County Championship, of which 11 of them have come through the Club’s academy system.
With Sam Curran and Ollie Pope also making their Test debuts this summer, our production line again has a proven record of developing the best young players in the game.
Alongside the homegrown talent, the Club have been able to attract the finest people from outside of the country.
For us, incoming players must provide more than just runs and wickets and that’s exactly the kind of impact Morne Morkel and the three international batsmen involved during the campaign have made.
Just like Sanga in the previous three seasons, this year’s overseas players have fitted seamlessly into the squad and everyone within the playing and coaching staff can say they have learnt from them.
We’ll make sure we enjoy this success but as always in sport, time waits for no man and we must soon get to work on preparing for next year’s title defence.
We’re well aware of the challenges that come with the tag of defending champions and our levels will have to raise again in 2019 if we are keep the trophy in the Micky Stewart Members’ Pavilion.
In the meantime, there are still two matches to come this summer and an unbeaten record to defend.
Away from the middle, the Club now has more than 11,000 Members for the first time in its history and the redevelopment plans at the Kia Oval point to an exciting future for the Three Feathers.
We hope you can join us at the Kia Oval for our final home match against Essex as we lift the trophy and celebrate an exceptional year for everyone involved with the Club.
Up the Rey!
Club Captain, Surrey County Cricket Club